Head of Faculty: Will Sheppard
The mathematics program at Campbell High School aims to promote a positive attitude towards mathematics and its relevance to students both personally and in their community. The program gives students the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and its processes by following the Australian Curriculum.
The year 7 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further high school mathematics studies.
In years 8 and 9, the course is structured to accommodate the range of students in each cohort. The year 8 and 9 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further mathematical enquiry.
In year 10, all students will study a common core program. This program provides students with the opportunity to study mathematics in different levels of depth. Students can follow a 10 or 10A program of study which cover topics which prepare students for tertiary level mathematics at college. The 10A program leads to a further study of mathematics as needed in heavily mathematics based college courses such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Methods to Specialist Mathematics. High achieving students have an opportunity to be selected for the 10A course.
A formalised mathematics tutorial session is available to all students through the Enrichment program. It is designed to give those students who require extra help in mathematics the opportunity to work through problems with a teacher in a smaller group. The mathematics faculty also offers lunch time support one day per week.
Students at Campbell High School have the opportunity to compete in a number of national mathematics competitions including the Computational and Algorithmic Competition, ICAS Mathematics Competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition. Students who have an interest in the creative understanding of mathematics can also join the mathematics and engineering section of the Tournament of Minds.
Each year, the school purchases the online version of the Pearson Maths textbook. This is a great resource and has numerous features that will help your child master the concepts covered during class time. The resource can be accessed at any time and contains tutorials, quizzes, worked examples and of course heaps of questions to work through. At Campbell we also use the website MyMathsOnline to help further consolidate the learning in the classroom and provide your child with homework activities. These can be set by the teacher or completed independently by your child without being explicitly set by the teacher.